Russia’s TTC Ostankino Upgrades TV Studios to HD with Grass Valley

TV Technical Center Ostankino, the largest broadcast production company in Eastern Europe, continues its SD to HD upgrade with equipment provided by Grass Valley. In 2012, Grass Valley equipped the broadcaster with 24 LDK 8000 Elite 3G Transmission triax camera systems, 14 LDX Flex cameras and four Karrera Video Production Centers for TTC Ostankino to kick-start its migration to HD.

GrassIn 2013, Grass Valley added 36 LDX Flex cameras to the project and installed three Karrera Video Production Centers with K-Frame. The upgrade, which will be complete by the end of 2014, will include the installation of 26 more LDX Flex camera systems and four more Karrera Video Production Centers. This will allow TTC Ostankino to produce superior HD programming in all 13 of its studios in Moscow, Russia. Grass Valley has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with TTC Ostankino since 2005, equipping the Russian production company with a broad range of innovative solutions.

“As we continue to migrate our TV studios from SD to HD, it was an easy choice to select Grass Valley to continue to make our upgrade successful and stress free,” said Mikhail Shubin, CEO, TTC Ostankino. “We have been working together for many years and Grass Valley has an outstanding reputation across the Russian Federation.”

With strong local support and training, offices in the region, and a talented local sales team, Grass Valley has grown to become a well-established brand in Russia.

The LDX Flex, the entry level offering from the LDX Series™ of advanced imaging cameras, is perfectly suited for TTC Ostankino’s studio environments. The cost-effective camera has a single format entry point and superb picture quality with the ability to scale up through the GV-eLicense upgrade model that expands a camera’s capabilities. With a software-based platform, Karrera with K-Frame is a new modular approach to production switchers providing increased user flexibility, more efficient operations, simplified workflows, and offers easy configuration, setup, and software upgrades to meet future business needs.

Alexander Bogatkin, Managing Director of Russia and CIS, Grass Valley, said, “Russia is an important market for Grass Valley and our continued work across the region is a reflection of how the market is growing. Over the years we have provided TTC Ostankino with many of our solutions and we are so pleased that they continue to use our products. Our local office and support teams are dedicated to ensuring that TTC Ostankino continues to meet the ever-changing needs of the broadcast landscape and produce top-quality HD content in its studios.”

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